NEWS BRIEFS
January 12, 2018
MVCAC Office Closed Monday 1/15/18

In honor of the holiday, our office will be closed on 1/15/18, reopening on 1/16/18. 

In This Issue
86 th  Annual MVCAC Conference - January 28-30, 2018


Registration is now closed for this event, see you in Monterey!

Hotel
If your district is in need of hotel rooms Sunday-Wednesday please email Rachel with your request.  We have had a couple of districts come through with cancellations and she can try to assist with booking rooms.

Full Schedule
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Volunteers at the Annual Conference are still needed!
Laptops for use at the presentation upload area are needed!

Please look at the list by clicking here   to see how you can help out at the MVCAC Annual Conference. 

We cannot put on our event without your help!  Volunteers may get an extra goodie at the reception as well!

Thank you!

Join us at the wonderful Monterey Marriott hotel!
350 Calle Principal
Monterey, CA 93940
Note: The room block for this event has sold out.

Highlights for this year's conference

MVCAC IT committee and Lab Technologies Workshop
Visual Gateway Training
Sunday January 28 th
12:00-4:00 PM
Monterey Marriott

2nd Annual Outrunning Mosquitoes 5K
Sunday, January 28 2:00 PM

What better way to start off your conference experience than a fun run/walk through the streets of Monterey? This year's course takes you right along the bay, through cannery row and back to the Marriott hotel. Not a runner? No problem! Walkers will enjoy this flat and easy course as well. Coveted mosquito trophies will once again be highly sought after!

Your registration fee includes some race swag, a free drink ticket for the opening reception and of course bragging rights!

1/31/2018 Board Meeting Agenda Packet Posted

Please  click here  to login and view the Board Meeting Agenda Packet.
2018 Sentinel Chicken Order Forms Available Now!

Please  click here  to download the 2018 Chicken Order Form.  

Chickens are being supplied by Haley Farms in Modesto for Northern California and by Demler Egg Ranch for Southern California.  

The form due dates and chicken pick-up dates are as follows:
Southern Region: (Demler)
Pick-up date:  February 15, 2018 (8 a.m.) in San Jacinto 
Order form due date: February 5, 2018
1455 N Warren Rd
San Jacinto, CA 92582

Northern Region: (Haley's)
Pick-up date:  April 5, 2018 (7 a.m. - 9 a.m.) in Modesto
Order form due date: March 19, 2018
1030 Ladd Road
Modesto, CA 95355
In case of issue their phone is: (209) 649-4579

Please fax, email, or mail order forms to:
MVCAC
1 Capitol Mall, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
P: 916-440-0826  F: 916-444-7462
MVCAC 2018 Legislative Days

March 6-7, 2018
Capitol Event Center
1020 11th St, Sacramento, CA 95814

Register:
Click here to download the registration form
*Please complete and email or fax back to the MVCAC office no later than Monday, February 26, 2018 to ensure enough time to schedule appointments. MVCAC staff will arrange all appointments with legislators.
 
Schedule:
March 6, 2018: 2:00 PM- Optional Afternoon Training (will start around 2:00 PM) (details below) 
We will again have a special session for attendees to provide training on the purpose and strategy of meeting with your legislators. By providing this training, we seek to increase the comfort level for attendees and possibly provide new insights to those that have attended legislative day in the past. MVCAC advocates and PR experts will explain the do's and don'ts of legislative meetings and an overview of messaging and talking points. This training is optional but highly recommend. The session will be held the day before the Legislative Day at the Capitol Events Center. If you are interested in attending, please check the box next to your name on the registration form (linked above).

March 7, 2018 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m., Legislative program, depart for appointments 
(Continental Breakfast served at 8:00 a.m., program starts promptly at 8:30 a.m.) 

Hotel:
Room rate $199/night
Make your reservations:  click here
The group rate room reservation deadline is February 13, 2018.

More information will be posted here as it becomes available.
CSDA Professional Development and SDLF Scholarship Opportunities

The Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF) has approved $55,000 in scholarships for special districts so far this year - including a new scholarship fund to help districts without a website to create and maintain one. Here's a link to the scholarship applications:   https://www.sdlf.org/scholarships. Most are for districts with annual budgets of less than $8 million.
 
They have also just released the 2018 CSDA Professional Development Catalog:  http://www.csda.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/2018-Pro-Dev-Catalog-web-version.pdf




Following several years of extended drought, San Joaquin County (SJC) experienced extraordinary rainfall in early 2017. Remnant water in rural and urban areas throughout the County, resulted in record numbers of Culex tarsalis, the primary carrier of West Nile virus (WNV). In addition, the areas which were impacted most by the flood waters were located in areas with significant historic WNV activity. Through the efforts of the entire staff of the San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District (District), the early abundance of mosquitoes were effectively handled by aggressively decreasing the population before the warmer months began. In turn, we achieved our goal of protecting human health. The following is a brief synopsis of the event.

Submit your district for the next Agency Spotlight

D oes your agency have a success story, a staff member you would like to publicly recognize, or an innovation by your agency that you would like to highlight? "Agency Spotlight" on the MVCAC website is one way to share your story! Each submission which meets the specified criteria will be reviewed and posted on the MVCAC website on the Agency Spotlight page and highlighted on the homepage in the rotating feature box. Each story will remain posted for 1-2 months before being moved to a publicly archived page. 

Interested?  Click here   to fill out an application!

Applications can be submitted to the MVCAC office at mvcac@mvcac.org
District Trustee Information Form

This year's Yearbook Questionnaire did not ask for emails for the Trustees of your district.  The Trustee Council is interested in this information in hopes to get more Trustees involved with the council. Please fill in the  following form  and return to  rhickerson@amgroup.us  or via fax at 916-444-7462.
MVCAC News Briefs - Zika Updates
Please note: The items contained below are not the views or opinions of MVCAC but they are what is being reported in the media.  The goal of MVCAC providing this information is to keep MVCAC members informed of all news articles that are being presented regarding Zika.
MVCAC News Briefs - Other Outbreaks
Please note: The items contained below are not the views or opinions of MVCAC but they are what is being reported in the media.  The goal of MVCAC providing this information is to keep MVCAC members informed of all news articles that are being presented regarding other outbreaks.

1/11/18: Memory loss from West Nile virus may be preventable - Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

1/9/18: Tulane researcher examines the cost-effectiveness of mosquito-control programs - Tulane University

1/9/18: Light pollution may promote the spread of West Nile virus - Science News

1/9/18: Scientists Race to Kill Mosquitoes Before They Kill Us - Sierra Magazine
Do you have important news to share about your district or mosquito and vector issues?  

If you would like your news to be included in the MVCAC News Briefs, please send press releases and/or links to relevant news articles to  mvcac@mvcac.org
Jobs

Interested in a career in mosquito and vector control? Check out the MVCAC Job Board  at  www.mvcac.org
 
Have a Job or RFP to post to MVCAC.org?  
Requests to post job listings (no more than 500 words in length) should be submitted to the webmaster at  rhickerson@amgroup.us.
MVCAC Sustaining Member Corner
Note: MVCAC does not endorse the products below, but we do support our Sustaining Members
Central Life Sciences has announced the release of Aqua Zenivex™ E20, a reduced-risk adulticide for mosquito control professionals.